January 7, 2003.
I'm sure you have been advised at one time or another that the key to success is to "watch the crowd." I couldn't agree more. I think successful people should definitely watch the crowd. But I hasten to add that those prognosticators who urge us to watch the crowd only have it half right. You should certainly watch the crowd, study what they do, see what direction they are headed and then ... go in the other direction.
Radical advice? Perhaps. But let's face the facts here, nothing really remarkable is ever accomplished by following the crowd. Far too many people employ the all too familiar "herd" instinct. Just like a herd of cows, these faces in the crowd follow the herd wherever it goes, whenever it goes. They do what the others are doing and consequently find themselves fighting, tooth and nail, for a piece of the action with the rest of the herd.
To these follow the crowd sorts, it's the "same old, same old" every day of their lives. That probably explains why so many people keep coming up a day late and a dollar short. Instead of following their hearts, they keep banging their heads against the wall by following the crowd day after day after day. There is a better way.
Throughout history, extraordinary success has been enjoyed by the select group of imaginative trailblazers who steadfastly refuse to follow the crowd. These super successful movers and shakers tend to go where the others don't go or haven't gone and as a result find more opportunity and less congestion awaiting them there. Rather than just following the rest of the crowd around, these resourceful winners carve out their own niches and forge their own fortunes.
These enterprising individuals are constantly looking to discover new and innovative ways to approach their market, their product or service and the way they do business. They take what others have successfully done before them and then creatively add in a new twist here, a new wrinkle there. They assemble the best ideas from the best in their field and then immediately seek to make them even better.
You too can set yourself apart when you choose to leave the crowd in your rear view mirror. There is a song inside yourself that desperately needs to be sung. You need to let it out and let it rip. You need to identify your unique niche in life that one thing that excites you, inspires you and makes you come alive with purpose and passion and then start looking for ways to do it better than others before you.
When you regularly exhibit the grit and fortitude to boldly blaze your own trails, you'll soon be richly rewarded for your courageous efforts. Hey, it's OK to watch the crowd. But in order for you to get where you have always dreamed of going, make sure that you are headed in the opposite direction.
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Those who wish to sing, always find a song.
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An avalanche begins with a snowflake.
Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.
The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
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